The European Commission and the European Environment Agency today launched a comprehensive new European pollutant release and transfer register – E-PRTR. The register contains information about the quantity and location of pollutants released to air, water and land by industrial facilities throughout Europe. It includes annual data for 91 substances and covers more than 24 000 facilities in 65 economic activities. It also provides additional information, such as the amount and types of waste transferred from facilities to waste handlers both inside and outside each country.
Usually the laws of each country are an indication of the cultural level and the living standards of that country. Additionally, historical research of laws can give very important details concerning the problems that the society had to address. There are also many cases that laws concerning situations that no longer exist, are still valid. And finally there are cases when the letter of some laws is somewhere between a practical joke and absolute stupidity.